Good afternoon! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Ohio. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Columbus bureau at 614-885-2727 or Lisa Cornwell is on the desk. Delano Massey, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

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TOLEDO — The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to require fencing at some overpass construction sites after a Michigan man was killed when a sandbag was tossed onto an interstate and smashed through a car windshield. By John Seewer. SENT: 365 words.


HAMILTON — An Ohio lawmaker seeking re-election after being convicted of impaired driving says he hasn't had a drink since his arrest 10 months ago. SENT: 260 words.


OTTAWA — An Ohio man serving a life sentence for drowning his 1-year-old son before being allowed to withdraw his guilty plea has been found guilty in the killing. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated with 130 words from sentencing hearing set for 2 p.m., then 230 words.


LAS VEGAS — A judge in Las Vegas has decided to dismiss criminal charges against a Nevada rancher and his sons accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities in 2014. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 370 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated with photos.




— WINTER WEATHER-OHIO: Numerous school districts around Ohio are closed as ice, sleet and snow accompany warming temperatures and prompt travel warnings, including in at least one county where all non-emergency driving was temporarily banned.

— INVASIVE PLANTS-OHIO: Ohio has banned the sale of more than three dozen invasive plant species under new rules that took effect Sunday.

— BABY BIRD THEFT: Willoughby police are searching for four men in connection to the theft of a baby bird that will die without proper care.

— BALTIMORE-BED BUGS: Baltimore has earned a buggy distinction for the second year in a row.



Villanova needed just a week to reclaim its lost No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25. West Virginia waited a lot longer — nearly six decades, in fact — to get back to its position at No. 2. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 680 words, photos.


COLUMBUS — Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard has been fined $5,000 by the NHL for slashing. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 130 words.


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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Ohio and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.